Penalty for knowingly exposing someone to HIV lowered

October 8, 2017

California just reduced the penalty for knowingly exposing someone to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanour.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that also covers blood donors who did not disclose to a blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

“HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law,” the LA Times reported.
“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” one of the co-sponsors of the bill Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener said.

Mr Wiener said the law finally treats HIV like any other infectious disease.

The current law requires an element of intent to be proved in order for a felony charge.

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